High Command – Beyond the Wall of Desolation

Is there anything better than finding exactly what you’ve been looking for? Not in the “I lost my keys and I need to drop everything to track them down before I totally lose my mind” sense, but rather the fortuitous, dumb luck kind. The kind where the journey isn’t really a journey at all, but the eventual of discovering said thing becomes this weird little point of pride for you, even though you didn’t put much effort into it? Whether it’s a tasty burrito in a nearby neighborhood, a perfect piece of furniture, or a sweet bin find at your…

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Hey! Listen to Teeth of the Sea!

Driving home from Whitby in North Yorkshire on a gloriously sunny Sunday was definitely a strange time to channel cyberpunk beats and severe monastic soundscapes through my sun-baked earholes. But, combining what initially seem like opposed and contrasting musical environments can often lead to weird and wonderful states of mind, as I would soon discover with Teeth Of The Sea’s consuming and hypnotic 2019 release Wraith. I thought it would be appropriate to begin with that anecdote because it encapsulates the method by which Wraith evokes mood. Contrast. The familiar and the unfamiliar. Have you ever coasted through a whole…

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Car Bomb – Mordial

Car Bomb have always been on the cutting edge, but since their 2012 revival w^w^^w^w, they’ve held a special place within the metal community that’s only grown with each record, particularly reaching new heights on 2016’s Meta, which was our album of the year. Hopes are always high for Car Bomb, and here we are with Mordial.

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White Ward – Love Exchange Failure

There’s a building outside of my apartment which haunts me. It’s positioned in a way that provides for maximum impact during both the day and the night. It towers over a usual path that I take. During the day, it is brimming with the potential of a hundred or so lives being lived, like a spaceship cutting its way through space, its denizens set to colonize some far-off planet with the detritus of their lives. By night, the building holds a million secrets, collecting in corners not quite fully light by failing lights, hints of emotions and personal stories all…

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